Drivers Should be on Guard for Icy Spots
The State Highway Administration (SHA) reminds travelers to stay alert for changing conditions this evening.
Highway crews continue to monitor, patrol and treat state roads. Several lane closures and power outages affecting traffic signals can be found throughout central and northern Maryland.
For a list of reported closures, visit www.chart.maryland.gov
Drivers are reminded that travel conditions will vary based on location and pavement temperature. As temperatures drop tonight, re-freeze on roadways could present icy conditions.
“The single most important thing for drivers to remember in these rapidly changing conditions is to simply stay alert,” said State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Drivers may find varying roadways conditions during their travels – be on guard and extra vigilant – you never know when you may encounter a felled branch or tree, a power outage or a slick spot.”
Be sure to keep these additional driving tips in mind:
- During snow and ice storms, there may be power outages that impact traffic signals. If drivers encounter a traffic signal without power, State law requires ALL traffic to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
- Remain alert for downed tree limbs and branches due to ice and wind.
- Stay alert for falling ice when traveling under trees, power lines and overpasses.
- If your vehicle becomes disabled, make every effort to move it safely from the travel lane.
- Call #77 toll-free from your mobile phone to report disabled vehicles to police.
- Know Before You Go! By logging onto www.MD511.org or calling 511.